THE MAKING OF ELEGANCE
Yesterday, one of the leading providers of luxury hospitality services in Vietnam, put the first of two identical Paradise Elegance cruise ships on the water. The 200-ton steel crafts measure 61 meters long and 13 meters wide, making them the biggest overnight options in the UNESCO World Heritage site, ever. In addition to 31 high-design cabins that range from 25-35 square meters and include private balconies, walk-in closets, rain showers and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Paradise Elegance features an array of upscale amenities, including an artfully sectioned dining room with piano bar and a spa with four treatment rooms. “Halong Bay has never had anything like this,” said Carmen Marienberg, Chief Operating Officer of Paradise Group Vietnam, which now owns and operates more luxury cruise ships than any other company on the bay. “We’ve always strived to be the best, and this move speaks to that.” To further set itself apart from the competition, Paradise Elegance offers continuous cruising, enabling passengers to see more of Vietnam’s most famous natural attraction over a 22-hour period than they could with any other overnight operation. To that end, excursions such as visits to various caves, islands and fishing villages are serviced by tenders that zip between Paradise Elegance and the on-shore marvels.
Moreover, Paradise Elegance excursions take place during off-peak times, giving guests the opportunity to experience the bay’s most popular sites on an intimate level. Onboard, the main attraction figures to be the top deck, which can accommodate up to 90 people and is equipped with a circular bar that sits under a large shade sail. Because of the amount of protection the canopy provides, Carmen believes the space will beckon guests no matter the weather conditions. “The sundeck, as we call it, is roomy, elegant and sheltered in a really smart and sophisticated way,” he said. “I think it has the potential to be the premier spot for small- to medium-sized gatherings and events on Halong Bay.” Paradise’s newest nautical masterpiece is also the only boat on the bay that offers a la carte menus for both lunch and dinner as well as the freedom to dine wherever — be it sundeck, dining room or private balcony — and whenever, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. The cabins are divided into four room categories, with 14 Deluxe Balcony Cabins on the main deck and 13 Executive Balcony Cabins and four Terrace Suites of two kinds on the upper deck. Paradise Group Vietnam plans to launch a second Paradise Elegance in June, bringing its total number of cruising vessels to 11. Established in 2008, Paradise Group Vietnam currently owns and operates three other fleets as well as the 156-room Paradise Suites and Paradise Trend hotels — the first and only boutique luxury hotels in Halong Bay — and three restaurants, including two in Hanoi that consistently rank on TripAdvisor among the top 10 dining venues in Vietnam’s capital. With more than 2,000 limestone karsts jutting from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay makes for a mystical landscape that lures millions of tourists each year. Every experience with Paradise Cruises includes ground transportation between Hanoi and Halong Bay in a converted Ford Transit Van, which is outfitted with six seats — instead of the customary 16 — flat-screen TVs in the headrests and high-speed wireless Internet access. The transfer takes approximately three-and-a-half hours, although highway improvements scheduled to be finished by the end of the year are expected to cut an hour off that time.
HALONG JOURNEYS OF DISTINCTION
Embark on a journey of a lifetime aboard the most opulent vessel designed to cruise the magical waters continuously, while having a gastronomical experience anywhere on the boat overlooking the towering karst limestone islands and islets of Halong Bay.
The Paradise Elegance is a reflective escape in the majestic seascape of Halong Bay, Vietnam’s ultimate natural heritage situated in the Gulf of Tonkin. Surrounded by the emerald blue waters, the boat shines like precious jewel in the middle of the pristine bay.
- 2 Steel Vessels
- Spa & Wellness Center
- 31 Deluxe Cabins/ Suites with Spacious Balconies & Terrace
- Gastronomic Restaurant and Piano Lounge
- Expansive Sundeck
- Room Service and A-la-carte Menu
- Stylish Sundeck Bar
- Non-stop Cruising
Nestled amongst the vast karst limestone islands of Halong Bay, the Paradise Elegance brings guests to an exploration like no other. The blue waters and impeccable rock formations of Halong Bay are a captivating setting for outdoor explorers, where a broad fauna & flora are waiting to be uncovered.
The suites offer a unique feeling and unparalleled perspectives of the World Heritage Site Halong Bay, overlooking the million-year old limestone formations and the genuine smiles of the local fishing villagers that go about their daily lives within the bay.